Attractions of Silesia
The castle is located on the famous Trail of the Eagles' Nests. Its ruins lie in the central part of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. It is one of the most popular castles in Poland. It can be toured by oneself or with a guide. An extraordinary attraction of the place is the illumination of the castle after dark, when the souls and ghosts strolling through the ruins can be seen.
Every year the Silesian Voivodeship hosts the Industriada - the Technological Monuments Route Celebration. It is the largest industrial heritage festival in Poland and the second in Europe, promoting the industrial culture of the region. On the famous Silesian Route there are as many as 40 objects connected with power engineering, metallurgy, ceramics or railways, among others.
PLESS CASTLE AND MUSEUM
The contemporary shape of the palace in Pless is a result of many reconstructions. Its history is long and extensive, dating back as far as to the 11th century. Due to the Palace Museum located at the palace today, we can admire its original decor and equipment in the richly decorated interiors. Immense charm to the place is added by the palace park, which styled after the elegant and harmonious English parks.
THE SILESIAN MUSEUM
The museum is the new centre of the city's cultural life. Its facilities are located on the site of the former Coal Mine Katowice, which during its heyday extracted about 120 million tons of coal. The former coal mine has turned into a cultural mine, and, 14 metres below the ground level, has provided access to rich and diverse collections. The depths of the Earth now contain the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945, the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945, the Gallery of Silesian Religious Art and the Gallery of Non-Professional Art. The underground halls contains works of Malczewski, Matejko, Boznańska, Gierymski and Mehoffer. After exploring the riches of the depths of Muzeum Śląskie, you might want to have a look at Katowice from quite a different angle offered by our observation tower. The observation platform is located 40 metres above the ground. The former Warszawa II shaft offers views of the entire Culture Zone and the city skyline.
TOWERS OF THE COAL MINE IN ŚWIĘTOCHŁOWICE
A characteristic element of the landscape of the Upper Silesia are monumental lift towers and pit banks, priceless signs of industrialisation of the region. They were built between 1884 and 1887, when they were to serve the newly opened levels of the mine. Even though they were in ruin just a few years ago, today the towers stand tall as a symbol of Silesia's industrial past as well as its rebirth, since it was there years ago that the coal was mined.
QUEEN LOUISE ADIT
Nowadays it is a tourist complex containg of the surviving part of the "Queen Louise" Mine and the Main Key Hereditary Adit (PL "Główna Kluczowa Sztolnia Dziedziczna"). Both sites were crucial to the history of Silesian mining and are an important part of Silesian industrial heritage. One of the biggest attractions of the adit is the underground water route, which is the longest of its kind in coal mining.
This beautifully designed place was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and was intended to serve the families of labourers working in the nearby mine. It is made up of interconnecting brick houses, with a variety of eye-catching architectural details and decorations. In the centre of the district there is a square with many charming cafés and restaurants around it. Today, Nikiszowiec serves its inhabitants but is also a living museum.
DĘBIEŃSKO HISTORICAL SITE
The small village of Czerwionka-Leszczyny contains the Historic Patronage Estate of the mine "Dębieńsko". It is one of the most beautiful and best preserved colonies of its kind, showicasing the thriving development of metallurgy in Poland
The Beskidy Mountains are the youngest mountains in Poland. Eleven national parks have been established on their territory. Ranges such as the Silesian Beskids, the Żywiec Beskids and the Gorce Mountains are but a part of the unearthly, natural landscape of these mountains and their beauty, which is worth experiencing.